International Baccalaureate Diploma Results Top Marks For Grace and Heeju

January 05, 2021 at 2:24 PM

With the release of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma examination results this week, we were absolutely delighted to hear that two of our 2020 graduates, Grace Chang and Heeju Rho, scored the highest possible score of 45 out of 45 points. This is a fantastic achievement for both Grace and Heeju, who join three other students in New Zealand who were awarded full marks in 2020. Grace and Heeju are placed in the top 0.18% worldwide with their results. We are very proud of them!

In Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji), 3,280 students sat the November 2020 IB Diploma examination session, from a total of 19,716 throughout the world. Schools in more than 150 countries, usually undertake the Diploma assessment in a range of 16 languages across the globe but during 2020, the May and November examination sessions were disrupted in some countries due to Covid-19. We were fortunate that in New Zealand and across most of Australasia, despite our earlier lockdowns, our students were able to enter the examination period well prepared and without disruption.

In addition to Grace and Heeju’s outstanding achievements, a further ten of our students scored ‘40 points or above’ from the maximum of 45, placing them amongst the elite group that gain 40 or over in the Diploma programme worldwide. These students represent approximately the top 6% of IB Diploma graduates globally.

Last year, Saint Kentigern entered 45 Year 13 students in the IB Diploma examinations, who gained an average point score of 35. This compares most favourably with the world average of 29.8. New Zealand students punch well above their weight in this broad ranging, international education programme that is highly recognised worldwide for university entry.

Congratulations to our Top IB Diploma students:
Grace Chang - 45
Heeju Rho - 45
Zuoxi Lu - 44
Cynthia Gu - 44
Junyi Yu - 43
Xavier Yin - 43
Celina Tsui - 42
Alexandre Fargier - 40
Robert King - 40
Wen Qian Ni - 40
Catherine Song -40
Kevin Shen - 40

The point scale used for IB subjects is 1 (poor) to 7 (best).  Students take six subjects = 42 points. A further 3 additional points* are available based on individual performance in the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. Therefore, the maximum available score is 45.

HL = Higher Level SL = Standard Level

Three subjects are studied in depth at Higher Level (HL) and three at Standard Level (SL). Students decide which subjects they will study at Higher Level at the end of the second term in Year 12.

*Additional points: A maximum of 3 extra points can be gained for successful completion of the Theory of Knowledge course and the Extended Essay but to be eligible for the diploma, students must also meet the requirements of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS).

To learn more about the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Saint Kentigern click here


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